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2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

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2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit featuring Tony Monaco, Gerard Gibbs, and Dr. Lonnie Smith Hope College Holland, Michigan March 9-11, 2018 Back in the fall of 2016, a small liberal arts college on the banks of Lake Michigan decided to serve as the epicenter of activity aimed at gaining more respect for the art of jazz organ playing. Over the course of that weekend, artists and students alike would bond over their commonalities and ...


Minimalist Guitar: Clouds and Dreams

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Jakob Bro Returnings ECM Records 2018 Jakob Bro sounds quiet (even by his standards) on his third date for ECM, following up the aptly-titled Streams (ECM, 2016) with a recording even more spare and contemplative. His telepathy with favorite collaborator Thomas Morgan stays close as ever, while Palle Mikkelborg provides a fellow lead voice just as patient and understated as the leader's. His minimalist trumpet converses and trades lines with Bro's guitar almost in ...


Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu

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Mulatu Astatke is by a long chalk the most widely known exponent of Ethio-Jazz. Propelled on to the world stage by the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch's 2005 movie, Broken Flowers, and subsequently picked up by record labels and festival bookers in Europe and the US, Astatke deserves all the acclaim that comes his way. But, curiously, his international breakthrough has not opened any big doors for other, comparably talented Ethiopian musicians. Prominent among those who are worth checking out is ...


Nils Frahm: All Melody

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As we try and make sense of our world there is always a temptation to simplify the complex, to set parameters or limiting factors on a choice or decision to make it manageable. For many this translates into only feeling successful if particular pre-conditions are met--say if a particular person or clique acknowledges our worth, maybe it is by purchasing the latest shiny gadget or simply through winning some irrelevant competition with our peers. Hard won experience teaches us that ...


Vlatko Stefanovski's performance at the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra's Concert Hall 2018

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Vlatko Stefanovski Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra's Hall Skopje, Macedonia 17 March 2018 As a musician, guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski has always excelled in any format (and genre) known to people--from duos, trios, quartets to big bands and major world-class philharmonic orchestras, and his performance at the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra's Hall showed his prowess on the guitar as a solo performer when he showcased his ability to communicate a full range of emotions from joy to sadness ...


Roxy Coss: The Future is Female

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Saxophonist/composer Roxy Coss migrated east ten years ago from her native Seattle, seeking a life and career in jazz in New York City. That time has seen her develop a strong and focused voice both as a musician and as an advocate and activist for female artists in America's quintessential art form. Coss gained international recognition touring with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, shedding light on her past two releases, Restless Idealism (Origin,2016), and Chasing the Unicorn (Posi- Tone, 2017). ...


Jeff Cosgrove / Scott Robinson / Ken Filiano: Hunters & Scavengers

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In the 1980s, artist Jenny Holzer created short, pithy statements projected by LED lights in museums and onto Times Square. Her now famous “Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise" text sums up not only the #MeToo movement and the #BlackLivesMatter cry, but also to some extent, the music industry. The vertical construction of many jazz ensembles, like in corporations, gave us a leader with an often interchangeable rhythm section. This trend toward verticality began to be reversed in improvised ...


Taupe: Fill Up Your Lungs and Bellow

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Taupe's creative universe thrives post-bang. It understands that stars, planets, and galaxies are an ultimate goal, yet understands the value of its gaseous beginnings before proceeding to grander narratives. Indeed, meta-explanations need not apply in this formation process, as they would only get in the way of the extroversions at play throughout. As torch-bearers of this philosophy, guitarist Mike Parr-Burman, altoist Jamie Stockbridge, and drummer Adam Stapleford have between them carved out an infinitesimal slice of darkness somewhere in the ...


Chamber 3: Transatlantic

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Seattle-based drummer Matt Jorgensen tattoos every recording he releases with a mark of bold, clean modernity--whether working with his group Matt Jorgensen + 451 on Hope (Origin Records, 2004) and Another Morning (Origin Records, 2008), or Tattooed By Passion (Origin Records, 2010). Add in scores of sideman slots. His is a distinctive sound, compositionally and instrumentally, on his own or backing his labelmates. Transatlantic is the second outing by the Jorgensen vehicle, Chamber 3, a follow up to ...


Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone: Criss Cross

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An associate of the Loop Collective, Alcyona Mick graduated in jazz piano from the Royal Academy of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. She writes scores for silent films and is a member of the prestigious London Jazz Orchestra. Mick has recorded two albums with the jazz group Blink, including its eponymous debut album and its follow-up, Twice. Tori Freestone joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at 17 and went on to study jazz flute at Leeds College of Music, progressing to ...